Nusbaum, Parrish gain experience at U.S. Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS – Kansas swimming & diving student-athletes Jenny Nusbaum and Lauryn Parrish gained valuable experience by competing against the nation’s best swimmers as the pair wrapped up their events at the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships. Both Nusbaum and Parrish posted quality swims in the 200-meter freestyle, and Parrish added another quality swim in the 200-meter backstroke at the IU Natatorium on IUPUI’s campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Parrish started things off for the two Jayhawks by swimming the morning’s first heat of the 200m free. The incoming freshman and Fishers, Indiana native clocked in with a time of 2:04.76 to finish fourth in her race.
Nusbaum, who earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle at the 2017 Big 12 Championship, swam in the seventh heat of the 200m free. Posting a time of 2:04.80 to finish seventh in her race, the Cary, North Carolina product finished 73rd-overall, one spot behind Parrish.
Parrish capped her U.S. Nationals debut with her marquee event, the 200m back. Swimming in the fourth heat, Parrish finished fourth in her race, notching a time of 2:17.38 to finish 66th-overall.
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky led the field in the 200m free, clocking in with a time of 1:55.87. Ledecky’s fellow 2016 Olympian and Stanford teammate Simone Manuel also made the finals cut by finishing fourth-overall with a time of 1:58.00.
Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C.), who was the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m back, took the top seed for the finals in the 200m back by swimming a personal record in 2:08.56. Fifteen-year-old Regan Smith (Lakeview, Minn.) was the second-fastest performer in the event’s prelims, posting a 2:08.95.
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